‘ATSA Short Course’ in Arts Management


‘ATSA Short Course’ in Arts Management

(08, 09 & 10 August 2014, Hotel Pooram International, Thrissur, Kerala)

‘ATSA Short Course’ is a programme in Arts Management from ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA), Delhi, the foremost organization dedicated to founding a cadre of cultural managers committed to the advancement of capacity building in South Asia.

A large part of cultural production occurs within the not-for-profit sector driven by committed and passionate individuals in India. Training within this sector is an important and a viable need. There is a dire need of revitalization and professionalism in the public sector that runs several museums and cultural institutions in the country. There has also been a rise in private initiatives in the cultural sector with the setting up of a number of privately funded theatres and galleries, auction houses, art funds, private museums and cultural foundations. The need for innovative cultural management within the cultural sector as well as conversations around the role of cultural policy, the creative industries, and their role in the cultural regeneration of cities amongst other things has thus become crucially important in India today. Supporting exceptional individuals to make a step-change in their skills and career potential can bring substantial benefit to the cultural field as a whole.

Theatreconnekt has pleasure to collaborate with ARThinkSouthAsia to bring ATSA Short Course to Kerala.

This three day module will introduce the basics of arts management such as; cultural policy, strategic planning, audience development, budgeting and financial planning, to a team of 15 participants which include 8 from Kerala who are shortlisted from the applications invited from all over the country through an open call. The training is imparted by some of the best faculties of the country.

The Faculties:

Pooja Sood: An independent Curator and Art Management Consultant, Pooja Sood is the Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association, an autonomous, registered society committed to experimentation and exchange in the visual arts. Pooja Sood’s contribution has been in the field of curating alternative contemporary art practices in India as well as exploring different models of collaboration and institution building in contemporary art. As an independent curator, she was appointed Artistic Director and curator of 48ºc Public Art. Ecology, the first public art project in India commissioned by the Goethe Institute and GTZ, New Delhi in Dec’08. She curated KHOJ LIVE08, a live arts Festival in Mar’08. She has co-curated the exhibition “Have we met?” with curators from Indonesia, Japan and Thailand for the Japan Foundation in 2004. She was invited to curate a video art exhibition for the Musee D’ Ethnographie in Geneva in 2004 and was a guest curator for InteractiveA03 , a video art festival in Mexico in 2003, amongst others. Sood was on the selection committee of the Fukuoka Triennale # 4, Japan (Jan’09), the Transmediale Award, Berlin (Oct’08) and the Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong (Oct’08). Pooja has spoken and participated in various forums on Indian Contemporary art, Art Management and South Asian art in India and abroad. Amongst others, she has made presentations at the Tate Britain (Feb’09), The Office of Contemporary Art, Norway (2006), Cultural Ecologies Seminar, Hong Kong (2006), Asia Pacific Triennale in Brisbane (2003), ArtSouthAsia  Seminar  in Manchester, UK (2003) and at the Winternachten  Festival in The Hague (2002). She is one of the Fellows for the Clore Leadership Programme, UK for 2009-10.

Manisha Gupta: Having about 20 years of experience in the social entrepreneurship sector of India, Manisha Gupta joined Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 1994, a global organization of social entrepreneurs, where she served for nine years as the India Country Representative and International Director for Ashoka’s youth programs. During her tenure at Ashoka, Manisha worked with the India team to develop new initiatives to build a collaborative community of social entrepreneurs in the country. Manisha is the founder and Director at ‘Start Up!’ which works as an angel investor, incubator and consultant to social entrepreneurs. ‘Start Up!’ provides deep and immersive strategic development and execution support to seed and scale ventures that create lasting impact in under-served communities. Since 2009, ‘Start Up!’ has incubated and scaled 12 social ventures, several of which are hybrid models. It has advised more than 30 leading social enterprises. ‘Start Up!’ also conducts the outreach, due diligence and jury presentation for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – co-hosted jointly by Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation. Manisha has served as a faculty member at ATSA since 2011. Over the last five years, she has advised more than 50 organizations in the field of contemporary arts across South Asia. 

Divya Bhatia: A versatile arts professional with experience across a varied range of disciplines, Divya Bhatia is based in Mumbai as an independent festival programmer, performing arts consultant and producer and actor. He is the Festival Director of the annual Jodhpur RIFF music festival and the Artistic Director of the Jaipur Virasat Foundation (Jaipur). Visiting faculty for Applied Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and lead/ mentor to their International Collaborative Outreach program in India; he regularly produces and tours music and theatre projects in India and abroad. Previously, he has been the director of the Prithvi Theatre Festival; program head of theatre at the NCPA; consultant to the British Council (India) on various arts projects; advisor and theatre consultant to the ‘Celebrate Bandra Festival’, Mumbai; artistic consultant and creative mentor to The Hidden Gardens (Glasgow, Scotland); national co-ordinator of Phakama (with LIFT, London); India Lead for the Art of Change; has co-conceived and devised a piece of theatre with a collective of commercial sex workers from Sangli; regularly conducted performance workshops for school and corporate participants; India consultant to the Bonn Biennale and to the Teatr de Welt (2004/2006). Divya Bhatia did his schooling in India, colleges at Atlantic College (UWC) (UK) and Trent University (Canada).

Program supported by

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